The growth of freight volumes continued in August (+35% compared to 2020).
The expectation is that this trend will continue in the months ahead, due to the large demand for air freight capacity.
The growth in air freight (+34%) can be seen in all three segments, in full freighter (+ 40%), integrator services (+ 17%), and also in the freight transport on board of passenger flights (+ 76%) which is recovering further thanks to the expansion in the number of passengers flights, although these volumes remain 33% lower than the volumes in August 2019.
In the full freight segment there has been a growth with nearly all existing clients. It is the new routes from Asia in particular that contribute to this extra growth.
Asia remains the most important region, followed by North America and Africa.
The transport of Covid-19 vaccines to and from Brussels Airport continues; until now, more than 300 million vaccines have been handled at the airport.
The number of cargo flights (full freighter and integrator services) was higher in August 2021 than in August 2020 (+ 18.4%).
The share of flights operated by passenger aircraft only carrying cargo remained stable in August and these remain necessary due to the great demand for air cargo capacity.
These aircraft are also frequently deployed for vaccine transport.